Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2016

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 51 Gartner estimates that in 2016, 6.4 billion connected "things" will be in use worldwide. As utilities look forward to future needs and challenges, the rise of the Internet of Tings will play a role in utility operational decisions today, in the near future and tomorrow. For utilities, this includes many familiar devices, such as smart meters and smart load controllers. However, this defnition is being expanded to a broader range of smart grid devices, such as street and area lighting controllers, smart thermostats and intelligent appliances. As utilities further develop their smart grid road maps, the scalability, security and reliability of the foundational networks and applications will continue to be crucial. Tese attributes will defne how efciently smart grid networks and applications can work together to analyze vast amounts of data to produce actionable intelligence. Te defnition of "smart grid" continues to develop and expand as the interconnectivity among smart networks, smart devices and smart applications increases. Each utility must take a holistic view of how each application will work within a smart technical and business environment, as the migration path to a fully automated smart grid is largely unique to each utility. In the end, the most successful smart grid deployments are those that integrate disparate devices, applications and processes to increase efciencies, streamline operations and increase communication among all stakeholders. Taking care to consider all stakeholders is a key factor in creating long-term mutual value and success. v Peter Londa is president and CEO of Tantalus, which provides a multipurpose smart grid solutions platform for advanced metering, demand response and distribution automation. Find out more at Las Vegas, NV St. Peters, MO West Chester, PA NACE Is Your Nationwide Source For Blonder Tongue Equipment (800) 688-9282 In Stock Across The United States Headend Electronics • Digital HD Modulators • Digital Off Air Processing • Analog Modulators • IP Encoders • Processors • Combiners • Rack Amplifiers Fiber Optic Equipment • CATV Fiber Transmitters • Indoor Fiber Receivers / Nodes • Outdoor Receivers Test & Measurement • 4 - 2,250 MHz HD Tablet / Analyzer • QAM / 8VSB / Analog Analyzer • MPEG Transport Stream Analyzer Distribution Equipment • RF Amplifiers • CATV & Satellite Splitters • CATV & Satellite Taps The defnition of "smart grid" continues to develop and expand as the interconnectivity among smart networks, smart devices and smart applications increases.

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